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that God sent his only begotten Son into the World, that we might Live through him.

10. Herein is Love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the PROPITIATION for our Sins.

11. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

16. And we have known and believed the Love that God hath to us. God is Love ; and he that dwelleth in Love, dwelleth in God, and God in him.

17. Herein is our Love made perfect, that we may have Boldness in the Day of Judgment : because as he is, so are we in this World.

18. There is no Fear in Love ; but perfect Love casteth out Fear : because Fear hath Torinent : He that feareth, is not inade perfect in Love.

19. We love him, because he first loved us :

20. If a Man fay, I Love God, and hateth his Brother, he is a Lyar : for he that loveth not his Brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen ?

21. And this Commandment have we from him, that he who loveth God, love his Brother also.

Chap. y. I. Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Chrift, is BORN of God: and every one that loveth him that begat, loveth him also that is begotten of hím.

2. By this we know that we love the Children of God, when We Love God, and KEEP his COMMANDMENTS.

3. For this is the Love of God, that we keep his COMMANDMENTS, and his Commandments are not GRIEVOUS.

4. For whatsoever is born of God, over COMETH the World :and this is the VICTORY that overcometh the World, even our FAITH.

Epbes. v. 25. Cbrift LOVED the Church, and gave himself for it: .

26. That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the Washing of Water by the WORD,

27. That he might present it to himself a glorious Church, not having Spot or WRINKLE, or any such Thing ; but that it should be HOLY, and without Blemish.

Psalm xxxvi. 7. How excellent is thy LOVING KINDNESS, O God! therefore the Children of Men put their Trust under the Shadow of thy Wings.

9. For with thee is the Fountain of Life: and in thy Light mall we see Light

Pf. Ixiii. 1. O God, thou art my God, early will I seek thee : my Soul thirsteth for thee, my Flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty Land, where nó Water is :

2. "To see thy Power and thy Glory, so as I have seen thee in the Sanctuary.

3. Because thy Loving Kindness is better than Life: my Lips shall praise thee.

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· Pf. lxxiii. 25. Whom have I in Heaven but thee? and there is none upon Earth that I desire besides thee.

26. My Flesh and my heart faileth : but God is the Strength of my Heart, and my PORTION for ever. · 27. For lo, they that are far from thee shall PËRISH :

Cant. iii. 1. By Night on my Bed I fought him whom my SOUL LOVETH: I sought him, but found him not.

2. I will rise now, and go about the City, in the Streets and in the Broad-ways I will seek him whom my Soul LOVETH.

Chap. viii. 6. Set me as a Seal upon thine Heart, as a Seal upon thine Arm: For Love is STRONG as Death, Jealousy is cruel as the Grave : the Coals thereof are Coals of Fire, which hath a most vehement Flame.

7. Many Waters cannot QUENCH Love; neither can the Floods drown it : If a Man would give all the Substance of his House for Love, it would utterly be contemned.

Ifai. xxvi. 9. With my Soul have I desired thee in the Night, yea, with my Spirit within me will I seek thee early.

Rev. i. 5. Jesus Christ, who is the faithful Witness, and the Firft-begotten of the Dead, and the PRINCE of the Kings of the Earth: unto him that LOVED us, and WASHED us from our Sins in his own BLOOD,

6. And hath made us Kings and Priests unto God and his FATHER ; to him be GLORY and DOMINION for ever and ever. Amen.

CHRIST comes into Judea, where he

baptizes. John the Baptist declares to the Jews that Jesus was the Meffiah that came down from Heaven.

John AFTER these Things came Jesus and his Difiii. 22. ciples into the Land of Füdea, and there he tarried with them, and baptized.

23. And John also was baptizing in Enon, near to Salim, because there was much Water there : and they came, and were baptized.

24. For foon was not yet cast into Prison.

25. Then there arose a Dispute between fome of Jobin's Disciples, and the Fews, about purifying.

26. And 26. And they came unto yohn, and faid unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Fordan, to whom thou bareft witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all Men come unto him.

27. Fohn answered and said, A Man can receive nothing except it be given him from Heaven.

28. Ye your felves bare me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am fent before him.

29. He that hath the Bride, is the Bridegroom : but the Friend of the Bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the Bridegroom's Voice : This my Joy therefore is fulfilled.

30. He must INCREASE, but I must DECREASE.

31. He that cometh from above, is above all : He that is of the Earth, is earthly, and fpeaketh of the Earth : he that cometh from Heaven, is above all.

32. And what he hath seen and heard, that he teftifieth; and no Man receiveth his Testimony.

33. He that hath received his Teftimony, hath fet to his Seal, that God is true.

34. For he whom God hath sent, speaketh the Words of God : for God giveth not the Spirit by Measure unto him.

35. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all Things into his Hand.

36. He that BELIEVETH on the Son, hath everlasting Lipe: and he that believeth not the Son, shall not sec Life, but the Wrath of God abidetb on him.

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John the Baptist's Imprisonment by Herod,

and is beheaded by his Order.

Matt.xiv. 3, to 12. Mark vi. 14, to 28. Luke iii. 19, to 21. [L JRUT Herod the Tetrarch, being reproved by foon

D for Herodias his Brother Philip's Wife, and for all the Evils which Herod had done, added this yet above all, [Mr.] that he sent forth, and took [M.] and bound, [L.) and shut up John in Prison, [M.] for Herodias his Brother Philip's Wife ; [Mr.] for he had married her.

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For Foon had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy Brother's Wife. Therefore Herodias had a Quarrel against him, and would have killed him, but she could not. For Herod feared Foon, knowing that he was a juft Man, and an holy, and observed him: and when he heard him, he did many Things, and heard him gladly. [M] And when he would have put him to Death, he feared the Multitude, because they counted him as a PROPHLT.

[Mr.] And when a convenient Day was come, that Herod on his Birth-day made a Supper to his Lords, high Captains, and chief Eftates of Galilee ; [M.] but when Herod's Birth-day was kept, the Daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod : whereupon he promised with an Oath, to give ber whatsoever she would alk. [Mr.] And when the Daughter of the said Herodias came in and danced, and pleased Herod, and them that fat with him, the King said unto the Damsel, Alk of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee. And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou halt afk of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my Kingdom. And he went forth, and said unto her Mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The Head of John the Baptift. And she came in straightway with hafte unto the King, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me by and by in a Charger the Head of John the Baptist. And the King was exceeding forry. [M.) And she being before instruct ed of her Mother, said, Give me bere John Baptist's Head in a Charger. And the King was forry : nevertheless, for the Oath's sake, and them which fat with him at Meat, [Mr.] he would not reject her, but [M.] commanded it to be given her. [Mr.] And immediately the King sent an Executioner, and commanded his Head to be brought; and he went, (M.] and beheaded foon in the Prison. And his Head was brought in a Charger, and given to the Damsel : and she brought it, (Mr.) and gave it to her Mother. And when his Disciples heard of it, they came, and took up his Corps, and laid it in a Tomb, [1.] and buried it, and went and told Jefus.

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Herod's Opinion of Christ.

Matt. xiv. 1. Mark vi. 14. Luke ix. 7. [Mr.] AND [M.) at that time, King Herod the Te

trarch [M.] heard of the Fame of Fefus, and of all that was done by him, [Mr.] (for his Name was spread abroad) and said unto his Servants, This is foon the Baptist, he is risen from the Dead, and therefore MIGHTY WORKS do shew forth themselves in him. Oihers said that it was Elias. And others said that it is a Prophet, or as one of the Prophets. But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John whom I beheaded, he is risen from the Dead. [L.] And he was perplexed, because that it was said of some that John was risen from the Dead; and of some, that Elias had appeared : and of others, that one of the old Prophets was risen again. And Heros said, John have I beheaded : but who is this, of whom I hear such Things > And he DESIRED TO SEE him.

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